Chloe Grace: 11 Months Old

Getting an 11 month old to sit still for pictures is quite the feat! Each month has gotten more challenging, but with this busy, wiggly little girl, I was lucky to get a few! It’s hard to believe that this is the last month that I’ll have a BABY! She’s grown so fast right before my eyes. 

I thought she was on the go last month, but this month she’s lightening speed! {And I’m sure next month I’ll think she’s even faster!} She’s finally taken to crawling and can motor around wherever she wants! At first I didn’t think she’d crawl much because she cried the entire time she did it. Turns out crawling isn’t so bad after all. She does prefer to walk through. Crawling gets her from one object to another. She usually pulls up and uses toys, furniture, baby gates, wall, whatever she can get her hands on and then walks around that way. I’ve learned that you can get quite a few places in our house without actually letting go of something. Who knew? I pretty much feel like these days I spend the majority of my time following her around and making sure that she doesn’t hurt herself.

This last month her personality has come through even more! I have a very expressive baby girl! The faces she makes are hilarious even when she’s not trying to be funny. This month she found her “scrunchy nose face” which we have deemed her “stank” face, and she does it to everyone. It was even more hysterical when she did it all day and night at my sister’s wedding. This little girl has so much spunk and knows how to get exactly what she wants. She stubborn like her daddy and determined like her momma that’s for sure.

These days Chloe is mostly wearing 9-12 month clothes. She still fits in some of her 6 month onesies and shorts. I think she has a shorter torso and long, long legs like her momma! She’s quickly growing out of her 9 month footie sleepers and moving on to some big girl jammies! She still has 6 teeth, 4 on top and 2 on bottom. She’s been drooling and gnawing on everything again lately, so I think that some more are starting to work their way in. This last month Chloe learned how to wave and she likes to wave at everyone now! She also learned how to feed herself with a spoon! Such a proud momma moment for me. She’s learning something new every single day. I try to work with her for 30 minutes to an hour each day on colors, numbers, letters, animals and other important things. I love watching her little mind work and figure things out. She’s absorbing so much so fast.
This months firsts:
  • First trip to the beach
  • First time to attend a graduation
  • First time to meet her Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Ole!
  • First swim lesson
  • First wedding rehearsal 
  • First time to be a flower girl!
  • First time to wave intentionally
  • First Father’s Day
  • First time to feed herself with a spoon

 My Darling Chloe Grace,

Somehow we are entering your last month of babyhood and I’m not sure how I feel about this! I love watching you grow and learn, but I’m sad my tiny baby is growing into a big, strong, independent little girl.

This past month was a doozy! You were out of your element and routine for nearly the entire month. You were sleeping in your pack n play in the hallway while your Aunt Charlotte was here. We ran around everywhere all month prepping for the wedding, and you spent a lot of time at Nonna and Grandpa’s house while Momma helped Aunt Em. It was rough, but you took it like a little champ. Your sleep was off for a bit, but you’re back in your rhythm again now.

We started swim lessons this month and you’re doing great! Your love for the water definitely shows. The only thing you don’t like is when momma gives you to the swim instructor! You’re getting a little bit clingy these days and have some stranger danger, but that’s okay. You’ll get used to her soon. You’re favorite part of swim lessons is when we sing songs and do moves with the words. We’re still working on blowing bubbles in the water, but I know you’ll get the hang of it soon. Practice makes perfect!

You debuted in your first wedding this month! You were a flower girl in Auntie Em’s wedding and a darn cute one I might add! Your daddy helped you walk about halfway down the aisle before he scooped you up and carried you the rest of the way. As always, you were the star of the show…until Auntie Em walked out from the doors! You did so great at the reception and got to hang out with so many different people while mommy danced the night away. Thank you for being such a flexible baby. Life is so much easier because you can go with the flow!

I’m so proud of the little girl you are tuning into. You seem to be leaning something new every single day. I’m looking forward to your last month as a baby, but remember, no matter what, you’ll ALWAYS be my baby.

I love you forever,
Momma

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Four Fun Facts!

You know, some days I wake up and wonder how I’ve managed to blog for 5+ years. More importantly, how I’ve managed to pique people’s interest and keep them coming back for that long! {Y’all are seriously the best.} As bloggers, we kind of just put ourselves out there for people to love, hate, judge, whatever. I originally thought that only family and friends would read this. But it’s become so much more for me. It’s neat to realize that people are interested in you, your life, what you have to say. No matter what fashion. If it’s negative, then they’re wasting their time. {Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.} If it’s positive, that’s flattering! {I’m still just shaking it off over here.} I realize, I’m the same way. I’m so interested and fascinated in the lives of my readers and the people whose blogs I read. Over the years friendships have formed. I’ve met several blog friends in person! It’s really neat when you sit down and think about it. I’m lucky to have found a place to pursue my passion of writing without having to conform to anyone’s standards. I can share my love of fitness, pictures of my baby girl, recipes when I pretend I can cook, whatever I want really. I love this space, and I love y’all for coming back day after day to read my ramblings.

Now I want to take a step back and just do something fun! I saw my Aunt Ginny post this thing on Facebook the other day and I thought it was a great way to share some fun info about me and maybe get some back from y’all! I want to know more about you to you know 🙂 I’ve added some extra categories and some fun facts at the end of each!

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Ft. Stewart, GA
2. Centreville, VA
3. Pittsburgh, PA
4. Houston, TX

**Fun Fact: I’ve lived in 9 different cities and in 16 different apartments/homes including college and temporary living when our house sold so fast in Plano!
In our backyard at our home in Centreville, VA. Centreville is near Manasas,VA and is just south of Washington D.C. I lived there from age 2-8.
Four things I love to watch:
1. Anything on HGTV
2. Dance Moms
3. Pretty much everything on TLC
4. Game of Thrones!
**Fun Fact: I’m bad at watching TV. I like to watch shows that I can multitask while watching which means I can’t pay too much attention. I have binge watched one show and that was Game of Thrones because my husband wanted to catch up. To me, binge watching is watching 2 episodes in a row. More than that and I’ll go insane.

Four places I have visited:
1. Barcelona, Spain
2. Bogota, Columbia
3. Niagara Falls, Canada
4. Lillehammer, Norway

**Fun Fact: You probably already figured this out, but traveling is my favorite thing to do. I love exploring and adventure. JP and I have traveled somewhere new to celebrate each anniversary instead of giving each other gifts!
La Segrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain! We went to Barcelona on our honeymoon and again for our 3 year anniversary as a stop on a Mediterranean cruise!
Four things I love to eat:
1. Peanut butter on pretty much anything
2. Ice cream
3. Chicken…is that weird? I really love chicken
4. Broccoli, my favorite carb
**Fun Fact: These really are my favorite foods. I’m kind of weird. If there was a number 5, I would put cookies. Yes, any kind. I try not to discriminate against cookies.

Four favorite drinks:
1. Water…and a lot of it
2. Wine…also a lot of it. Color and type vary by day.
3. Coffee…my happy drink. Cold brew is my favorite.
4. Grape G2…when I need some electrolytes
**Fun Fact: I don’t drink soda. Every once and a while I’ll have a Sprite or a Ginger Ale for my tummy, or Fresca with white wine for a spritzer. I stopped drinking them a couple of years ago.

Coffee helps me get through my 4:30am alarms! Another fun fact…I have a weird obsession with water bottles, cups and mugs. They make me happy.

Four names I go by:
1. Amy
2. Ames
3. Amy Cat
4. Cat
**Fun Fact: My middle name is Catherine and I love it so much. When I was little and played house or school, I always pretended my name was Catherine. That’s where Amy Cat and Cat come from.

Four favorite strength exercises:
1. Lunges!
2. Squats
3. Cobra push ups
4. Dead bugs
**Fun Fact: I really do love lunges. Every few months, I make my class lunge the track. It’s 0.2 miles long. We lunge one leg, do some upper body exercises in the corners, jog a lap and repeat until we’re back at the beginning. They love/hate me for making them do it.

Four favorite cardio exercises:
1. Running! Duh.
2. Cycling…usually in a class setting, but since SF I really want a bike!
3. Burpees…I have a love/hate relationship with them.
4. Long walks with Chloe and the pups
**Fun Fact: One of my favorite things to do in the morning is go on long walks with Chloe down on the Buffalo Bayou trails. Sometimes I’ll through in some run intervals depending on the weather. Then we circle around to Whole Foods for coffee and sometimes a breakfast treat. It makes me happy just thinking about it 🙂

Four places I shop:
1. Target
2. J. Crew
3. Lululemon
4. Kohl’s
**Fun Fact: I live in workout clothes. The whole personal trainer, get paid to workout thing helps a lot, but I probably wear spandex more than I care to admit. I also love a good deal. Shopping sales makes me a very happy girl. I splurge on my workout gear since I wear it so much!

Four favorite animals:
1. Dogs
2. Giraffes
3. Elephants
4. Otters
**Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with animals. I’ve had a membership to the Houston Zoo for 4 years now. I love going out there and just walking around on a nice day. I took Chloe for the first time when she was just 2 months old!

Now I want to hear from you! Give me some of your answers to these questions!
Any random info that I missed that y’all want to know?

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Travel Tuesday: Adventures in San Francisco!

Beware of picture overload! I took so many pictures and it was hard to choose which ones to post. Today I FINALLY want to share with y’all our adventures in San Francisco! We decided several months ago to plan a 30th birthday trip for my amazing husband JP! Instead of throwing a party, we saved our money for something we do best, travel!

We left Houston at 6:00am on Friday, May 20th and were in SF by 8:30am! It took us a little while before we dropped our stuff off at our hotel, but by 11:00 we had rented bikes and were off exploring! There are TONS of bike rental locations in SF for self guided or tour guided tours. We opted for the self guided option because we wanted to see things for ourselves at our own paces.

It was a crazy windy day, but the sun was out and we could see the entire Golden Gate Bridge! I hear it’s usually covered some by fog, but we got to see it all! We rode our bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf to The Presidio and Chrissy Field where we stopped for some awesome pictures!

We kept riding on to Fort Point. It’s an old Army fort that sits at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since both of us have parents and grandparents that served in the Army, we really enjoyed looking around the Fort, reading and seeing what conditions and life was like there during the Civil War era. The views from the Fort weren’t too terrible either!

We could see Alcatraz off in the distance, waves crashing upon the rocks and the gorgeous architecture of the bridge from below. The civil engineering nerd in me LOVED this! {Some of you may not realize, I studied civil engineering for 2 years before switching to and graduating with a degree in industrial distribution.}

After visiting Fort Point, we had quite a hill to ride up before we could actually cross the bridge. As JP and I took off, we decided it was every man for himself! Since I teach cycling class once a week, I had at least built up some sort of stamina for a climb like this. My goal was to make it to the top without stopping, and I did it! JP hasn’t been on a bike since he was 10 and he was only a bit further behind me. It was definitely a workout and this personal trainer loved it!

Riding across the bridge was a little on the interesting side. We had to slow down quite a bit and watch out for all the dumb people that pay zero attention to their surroundings! I may be a hyperaware person, but man some people are oblivious. If a bike is coming at you and you have plenty of room to step aside, you may want to do that right? There were several occasions I thought there was impending doom, but I managed to dodge them. JP ended up getting off and walking towards the end. We made it though!

After the bridge, we got to cruise downhill straight into Sausalito! We rode around a bit and found some bike parking where we stopped and talked to the attendants about where to eat. Then we were off to The Seafood Peddler for a super fresh seafood lunch!  

Oh my goodness y’all. I had the Salmon Mediterranean Salad and it was to die for. Granted I was pretty hungry. It was a late lunch for us since our bodies were still on Central time. I’m still convinced it was amazing regardless of how hungry I was that day. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The ingredients were light and fresh. The decor of the restaurant was adorable! Not to mention, it was very reasonably priced. It was a great recommendation by our bike attendant friend.

After stuffing our faces, we walked around the bay to see the Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model. We’re nerds and like things like that! It was a HUGE model of the entire bay laid out in an airplane hanger. It was free to walk around and self tour or you could pay for an audio guide. There were plenty of videos and things to read to understand everything without the guide if you ask me.

The Bay Model was a great way for us to escape the elements for a little while and still be able to explore and enjoy Sausalito! It was a crazy, windy day and a bit chillier than we expected. While we were dressed appropriately, that wind will still get you!

After spending about 20 minutes viewing and learning about the Bay Model, we walked back to the main street for a little shopping before taking the Ferry back across the Bay. We decided to take the longer ferry ride down to The Ferry Building to get a little extra time back on our bikes. This allowed us to ride all the way along the piers. The Ferry Building is Pier 1, to the left are all of the odd piers and to the right are the evens. We were headed left and passed by Pier 39 and headed on down back to Fisherman’s Wharf where we returned our bikes after several hours of exploring! It was one of my favorite things I’ve done on a vacation and HIGHLY recommend it!

We decided to shower off and rest up for just a bit before going to dinner. We decided to hit up a local restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf that was recommended called Cioppino’s! It was just a few blocks away and we heard their seafood was on point. I’m pretty sure it would be hard to get bad seafood in Fisherman’s Wharf!

We figured it was best for us to get their signature dish…the Cioppino! It was a delicious assortment of seafood from fish and crab meat to calamari and shrimp to muscles and clams all in a light tomato based broth. Plus we got to wear some pretty sweet bibs.

Even though we were stuffed to the brim after eating most of the Ciopinno, we had to end the day with some ice cream…because vacation. You always end vacation days with dessert. That way you know you’re getting the perfect ending to a fabulous day!

Saturday we woke up early and headed out to Sonoma Country for all the wine fun which I’m saving for another post. So we’re going to fast forward to Sunday!

Since we have a habit of getting up earlier than needed, our Sunday morning started early a walk around Ghirardelli Square before jumping on the trolly!

A cable car trolly ride was an absolute must in our books. Since we arrived early, the line was short so we only waited about 10 minutes! We met a sweet family while in line and were able to help out and take pictures for each other.

The trolly ride was a great experience. We were able to see all around the city and enjoy the crazy hills without having to walk up and down them. We took the Powell/Hyde line from Ghirardelli Square into the Financial District.

We got off at the end of the line and walked down Market Street back to the water where we ended up at The Ferry Building and a cute little farmer’s market! We grabbed coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee and walked along the water to Pier 39.

Pier 39 was definitely a happening place. I’m glad we arrived earlier because later in the day it was insanely packed. We walked through some shops and explored before visiting the sea lions! I could watch them all day. They were so funny to watch as they were playing and fighting on the docks. Some of the sea lions were not having playtime and some were just itching to pick a fight. We stayed and watched for quite a while because I was in awe. I just love animals.

We grabbed some fresh fruit and savory crepes for a light lunch before getting ready for our Alcatraz tour! For the tour, you meet at Pier 33 to take a ferry cruise to the island.

Once you get to the island, they briefly go over what to expect. You have all the time you want and need to explore the island. Everything outside of the main building is self guided exploration and inside the actual prison is an audio guided tour that comes with the whole experience!

It was so interesting and it was JP’s favorite part of our trip! Seeing the old buildings and reading about the stories was fascinating and put you right back into the 40-60’s.

The views of San Francisco weren’t too bad either!

While from a far the island looks like nothing but rock, once you’re on it, you’ll see so many gardens with flowers everywhere. It’s such ironic beauty on an island known for one of the most well known federal penitentiaries.

Did y’all know that Alcatraz Island is also home to the oldest lighthouse on the west coast?

We decided to do all of our walking around outside before heading into the actual prison itself. I’m glad we decided to do it this way. It allowed for some pretty awesome build up before going in!

We got tons of great pictures and learned so many fun facts. The audio guide is actually recorded by 4 former guards and four former inmates. It’s interesting to hear things from both perspectives. Plus their accents take you right back to the 50’s-60’s!

We were on Alcatraz Island for a few hours before we took the ferry back to mainland. We walked around Fisherman’s Wharf some, picked up a few souvenirs and then went to our hotel to get cleaned up for dinner!

We went to Zazie and loved it! We heard it was amazing for brunch/breakfast, but we opted to go for JP’s official birthday dinner celebration.

As always, dinner was followed by dessert at the Ice Cream Bar which was just down the street! It was set up like an old fashioned soda shop and it was to die for.

We finished our trip Monday morning with a 3 mile run along the water, with a pit stop to see the sea lions again, and ended it walking up some hills to see Lombard Street!

Our final hoorah was a delicious brunch at Pat’s Cafe! It was around the corner from our hotel with rave reviews that didn’t disappoint. I had the chocolate peanut butter pancakes topped with fruit and I wish I could eat it every single day!

San Francisco was amazing and I can’t wait to go back some day!

If you made it to the end of this, I’m impressed. Thanks for sticking around, reading my rambling and looking at ALLLLL the pictures. This isn’t even half of the ones that I took!

Have you been to San Francisco?
What is your favorite part about the city?

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This Crazy Life We Live!

Oh hello! Y’all may not remember who I am. It’s me, Amy. These last two months have been a crazy, insane whirlwind full of nonstop activity! Let’s see where do I begin. We’ll start back at the beginning of May. I know that I have shared some of this with y’all, but there was so much I missed!

We…

Mom’s birthday trip to Coushatta Casino in Kinder, LA!
  • welcomed baby Renee Crowson into the world.
  • went to San Francisco for a long weekend trip for JP’s 30th birthday.
  • spent a week crazy with wedding preperations.
  • took some time to seriously pamper ourselves. Massages, Torchy’s Tacos, Mani/Pedis, Eyebrow waxs, the whole shebang!
  • rehearsed for the greatest wedding of the year!
  • spent a day relaxing, sipping mimosas and getting beautified with the most amazing girls.
  • stood by Emily’s side as she married her best friend, soulmate and life long parter!
I’m going to leave y’all hanging on that last one! On Saturday evening, my little sister got married to one of the most amazing men that I am beyond happy to call my brother! They’re off relaxing in Punta Cana while I sit behind my computer just a wee bit jealous. I couldn’t think of a more deserving couple though!
Like I said a few weeks ago…whoa life! It has given me so much to be happy and thankful for! And to think, June isn’t even over! Today is my last day to spend with my besties from Norway, so I’ll be back later this week. Maybe I’ll even finally get around to sharing all of our SF adventures. Once I get some of the wedding pictures, y’all know I’ll be sharing. Looks like I have some catching up to do around these parts!

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Coming in Fuego!

This weekend we celebrated my baby sister and partied all weekend at her bachelorette party!!! We left Thursday afternoon and went to New Braunfels for a long weekend at the river. Our house was amazing and slept 16 people which was needed since we had 12 girls.
Thursday was low key. We took our time getting there and made a pit stop at my favorite place…Bucees! The rest of the evening was spent getting settled in our house, having a few drinks and just catching up with all the girls!
Friday we were up bright and early to go to Schlitterbahn! I know y’all are jealous. If you haven’t heard of Schlitterbahn, it’s a HUGE water park on the Comal River. It uses natural river water and has several long tube chute rides. Pretty much the best water park ever.
We had a blast and enjoyed the hot tub bars possibly a little too much. Well I don’t think there is such thing as too much! We managed to come up with a few coin phrases for the weekend. Like yelling “coming in fuego” every time we’d come quickly down a shoot or a slide. We were probably obnoxious, but we didn’t care! The best part is that everyone managed to stay together and no one got hurt! We were there from when the park opened at 10:00am until 7:00pm. Needless to say, we were so exhausted and super hungry by the end of the day. We grabbed dinner at Pat’s Place then we went back to our house and crashed!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to flip some pancakes and then head to the river! We were staying on the Guadalupe and originally intended to float the Guad. Since it rained like crazy the past few months, the river was too high and too fast to float safely, so we headed into town to float the Comal River!

We don’t have any pictures from the Comal yet since it’s hard to float with electronics, but don’t worry…we had a water camera!!! We had such a blast and let’s just say our float involved two coolers, vodka soaked gummy bears, lots of sunshine and even more fun.
Once we got home, we grilled out (and by we I mean Meena grilled for us) and got ready to go out! We also had Emily’s lingerie shower! She got lots of goodies, but I’ll spare y’all the details.
We went to see Kevin Folwer and Randy Rodgers Band at Whitewater Ampitheater! We love us some Texas country! The concert was amazing and I know everyone had such a good time. The evening ended with us being a bit stranded at the concert venue though. We couldn’t get ahold of our Uber diver and it took us a few hours to get home. But don’t worry, we all made it one way or another! 

It was an amazing weekend and everything went according to plan. I had so much fun, but man am I still feeling it! I’m clearly not as young as I once was. It was nice to let loose and just be with the girls though. Now it’s just a few days until the actual wedding! I can’t wait to celebrate Emily and Matt this weekend!

Now off to do Monday things!

Chloe’s First Beach Trip!

This little princess went to the beach for the first time! On Memorial Day, I just needed a break. I needed to escape all the craziness of life. I didn’t want to work on cleaning my house. I didn’t want to plan upcoming evenings. I didn’t want to worry about everything I had to do. I just wanted to escape for a few hours with my favorite people.

Speaking of my favorites…there they are! That man, that baby and those puppies. The cutest little family if I do say so myself. I’m a bit biased, but that’s okay!

The weather wasn’t quite perfect, but it didn’t rain, so that’s a win in my book. The rain around here has been CRAZY lately. The sun occasionally peeked through the clouds, but for the most part it was overcast. Luckily it was plenty warm for playing in the water!

As you can see, Chloe LOVED playing in the water. She wanted to stick her face in it, but I told her no. She really enjoyed sitting in mommy’s lap, grabbing the water and “jumping” over the waves. She also wanted to walk around the whole time.

After a while, we introduced her to the sand! She grabbed fists full and threw it into the water. Then of course, it went straight into her mouth! She didn’t love that so much.

She enjoyed playing in the sand, but not as much as the water. I will say, watching her play in the sand was absolutely adorable. I’m so obsessed with this little girl!

I think the hardest part of all was getting cleaned up and ready to get in the car! After about 2.5 hours, we were ready to go. Two adults with a baby and two dogs is pretty exhausting. Showering in a public place with a baby is also exhausting, but we managed!

Clearly Chloe was pretty pooped too because after just a few minutes on the road, we pit stopped at Bucee’s and this is what we found! A very tired little princess.

The beach was an excellent idea and I can’t wait to go back! We’ll be bringing others with us next time for sure!

I’m off bacheloretting and pretending I’m younger than I am and that my body can handle it! See y’all next week!

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Woah Life.

Oh hello! It’s Wednesday and I’m literally just now able to stop by and say hi! Life has just been like woah lately. Definitely not in a bad way, just in a crazy way! I’ve been gearing up to be crazy busy at work the next few weeks and my baby sister is getting married in just 10 days! But let’s rewind just a bit. In a few words I’ll brief y’all on the last few days happenings…
For starters, my baby brother graduated from high school! What?!? We have just over a 10 year age gap and 11 years difference in school. After nearly 29 years come August, my parents will officially become empty nesters.
Of course, in true Timmer fashion, we celebrated! We do love a good celebration. Matt didn’t want a graduation party since so many of his friends were having graduation parties, so we had a nice family dinner at Benihana!

Dinner was followed by the actual graduation ceremony and again in true Timmer fashion, lots of pictures! Unfortunately, those pictures are not on my phone or camera, but I do have this one for y’all. Pouty baby. She was a good girl during the ceremony minus the fact that she wanted to pinch, scratch and bite me the entire time. Literally, the entire time. I have a gash on my nose to prove it

So aside from graduation, we’ve been pretty darn busy. One major life event to another! Everyone needed a chill day Sunday, so we spent the day relaxing with my family in Sugar Land. We swam, grilled out and tried to catch our breath before the following days to come…
This kid loves the water y’all! We can’t keep her out! We also went for a quick dip at my sister’s apartment complex on Monday evening. Chloe loved the fountains and I loved watching her.
We were down at my sister’s Monday because she was supposed to have bridal portraits, but there was a 90% chance of rain and she didn’t want to risk it. Of course it ended up sunny and beautiful. Instead she was able to get her marriage license and help get her apartment organized since her fiancé in moving all of his stuff in!

The good news is that we got her bridals done yesterday! We can check hair and make up trial and bridal portraits off the list! Yippie! Since her pictures were originally scheduled for Thursday and were postponed until Tuesday, it was a very stressful ordeal. I think everyone is breathing a little easier now. Not to mention, the pictures are going to be amazing. This little nugget had to help out some and turned out to be the cutest accessory!
Next up is the fun part. Bachelorette party this weekend in New Braunfels! The party starts tomorrow! I can’t wait, but that means I’m leaving my little nugget for the third time. This time she’ll be with her daddy, Uncle Ole, Jojo and Pops. I know she’s in good hands. Things will be crazy the next few days, so I probably won’t be back until next week. But who knows, maybe I’ll give y’all a sneak peak at all our fun. Or maybe, just maybe I’ll get my San Francisco post up. No guarantees!
Happy Wednesday y’all!

five for friday

It’s Friday again and this week flew by so fast! It helped that we didn’t have work on Monday I’m sure! Thanks to the long weekend and the exciting things that are happening this June,  I had a VERY eventful week. I just wanted to share my favorite moments from this week!

one. sleeping baby
With this little girl constantly on the go, crawling, cruising and trying to walk, it’s amazing to see her tired, still and sweet. I love the moments I can watch her when she’s sleeping. She doesn’t let it happen much anymore. This is her go to sleeping position and I can’t stand how adorable it is! Watching her in these moments make my mommy heart soar. How did I get so lucky to become her momma?!

two. escape take two
Last Sunday we celebrated Ashley’s birthday!!! We brunched at Canopy (so delicious Houstonians!) then we went to Houston Escape Room for the second time. Well it was the second time for about half of us. 5 of the awesome people above went for Lucas’ birthday back in April. We had such a great time that we did it again! Don’t worry, it was a completely different room with a completely different mission. I don’t want to brag, but we totally escaped AGAIN! Not only did we escape again, but we had 15 minutes to spare, didn’t skip any steps and we had the fastest time for the month! Winning! 

three. teaching her friends
Chloe has met her best friend Renee two times now! The first meeting was uneventful. Chloe was pretty uninterested in her. This time around she was quite fascinated! The first time Philip brought Renee down to Chloe, she kept looking at Renee then smiling up at Philip over and over again. It was so sweet! Later both girls were fussy, so we put on the magical Mickey Mouse Hot Dog Song. Chloe showed Renee how awesome it was and they both were calm and quiet! I’m serious y’all, The Hot Dog Song is magical. Whoever came up with it is genius and a nut case all at the same time.

four. first beach trip
Since Monday was a holiday, we decided to just forget anything we had to do that day and head down to Galveston for a few hours! It was the best decision we could have made. Watching Chloe play and the smiles that lit up her face were worth it all! I’ll share the rest of our pictures and some sweet stories next week!
five. she is finally here
My Norwegian seester is here for 3 whole weeks! If you’ve been around here for a while, Charlotte is literally family to the Timmer clan. I’ve known this girl since she was 7 years old. She actually used to live around the corner from my family before they moved back to Norway when she was in middle school. After her first year of high school in Norway, she came back to the States to live with my family and go to school with my sister! I was in college, so she took over my room and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Over the years, we’ve become closer and closer. She was one of the MOH’s in my wedding! I’ve been to Norway twice now in both the summer and winter. Oh and she also lived with JP and I for 6 months while she interned at the Norwegian consulate. It’s so great to have her home again, and I’m excited for the adventures we’ll have over the next few weeks!
Bergen, Norway – June 2014

Like I said, it was a pretty exciting week for us! No wonder why it flew by! This upcoming week is going to be crazy too! My youngest brother is graduating from high school and we’re heading out for my sister’s bachelorette party. Life if so good!


Did anything exciting happen for y’all this week?
What are your plans this weekend?

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Five Reasons to RUN + How to Find Yours

 Happy National Running Day! To some this “holiday” may not be that big of a deal. Most probably don’t even know it’s a thing. But to those of us in the running community, today is a big day! It’s a day to celebrate one of the things we love most. One of the things that gets us going, keeps us strong and helps to ground us. Running is such a beautiful sport. Anyone can do it. You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to be thin. All you have to have is the will to do it.

Speaking of the will to run, today I want to talk about motivation: what motivates me and how to find your motivation to run! Running is for everyone. You can chose your speed. You can chose your distance. The key is finding your happy place and a reason to keep going. Once you have that, you’ll be hooked and won’t look back!
Let’s start with what motivates me.
one. the views

I love exploring and seeing new things when I run. Getting lost in the views around me helps me to keep going. I mentioned last week that I love running in new cities because I get to explore in a different way. Those runs are always the best! When I’m home, I try to test out new routes and see things from a different angle.

two. this girl

I want to be the best version of myself for this little girl right here. I know that staying in shape and doing what makes me happy will in the end make me a better mommy for Chloe. I also hope that my running encourages her to be active and pursue her passions when she gets older. She’s the best little running buddy and I would love to run 5Ks with her when she gets bigger!

three. this guy
For the same reason that I run for Chloe, I run for JP. I want to be my best me for him! I know I need to run to decompress and let off steam some days. I need to run to feel good about myself. I need to run to think and have some alone time. These are all things I need to make me a good wife and mother. Running is how I take care of myself because it’s something I’m passionate about! I also run for JP because he chose to run for me. It is something I love and he wanted to support me and try it too. Now we run together some and it’s been such a fun experience!
four. Disney
I also run for Disney because running Disney races is absolutely amazing and Disney vacations are even better. Seriously runDisney does it right. Always. Plus you get to dress up. Running in costume is always fun and in my opinion, super motivating!

five. me

I run for me! I’m pretty sure all of my reasons circle right back around to this one right here. I run for me! If that isn’t motivation in itself, I don’t know what is. This is my way of investing in myself. I love my me time. I love challenging myself. I love me time. I love to run.
Not everyone loves to run. I know so many people that just don’t like it. Sometimes, you just have to give it another chance. Here are some of my tips to getting started:
1. Start slow. There is no need to bust out with a personal record when you’re getting into it. Take your time. Walk some and jog some. You’ll find a rhythm. Once you’re ready, challenge yourself. Run a little longer or walk a little less.
2. Find a reason to do it other than you have to. Make running a treat not a chore. Is it time to yourself? Is it a way to feel good about yourself? Is it a chance to get out of the house? Is it time to enjoy the weather? Anything, just find a reason that doesn’t make it an obligation.
3. Enjoy yourself. If you make it fun, you have fun. Find a new route or trail to explore. Go at different times of the day. Figure out when and where is best for you so that you’re looking forward to the next time.
4. Find a running buddy! Running with friends can sometimes be better than running alone. I love my me time, but running with Chandra or JP makes time fly by especially when I’m challenging myself to new distances. Some days I think I would be lost if I hadn’t met Chandra and become running besties…and just great friends in general! See if one of your friends wants to get started with you. It’s also great to have an accountability partner!
There you have it. Just a few tips to get you started and to find your reason to run! I hope everyone has wonderful National Running Day and first day of June! Happy hump day y’all. Now get out there and RUN!